Plug and Play Japan kicks off 3rd Smart Cities accelerator program in Osaka and Tokyo

Plug and Play Japan kicks off 3rd Smart Cities accelerator program in Osaka and Tokyo

Published: 29-03-2022 13:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau | hits: 831 | Tags:

Plug and Play Japan has selected 25 startups from Japan and overseas for their accelerator program that promotes open innovation in Smart Cities theme. From the Batch 3 program, it will expand and operate at two locations, Tokyo and Osaka, with 18 corporate partners. The program will run for 15 weeks from the end of March to early July 2022.

Since the launch of the Smart Cities program in December 2020, Plug and Play Japan has been working to support co-creation through a wide range of collaborative themes. For this Batch 3 program, we will support co-creation with startups for the development of a sustainable value-added city with five focus areas; Sustainability, Smart Life & Hospitality, Digitalization & Data Solutions, Travel & Experience, and Industrial IoT & Robotics. By supporting the demonstration and implementation of cutting-edge technologies and solutions offered by startups that comprehensively support city development and people's lives, Plug and Play Japan will strengthen efforts toward the realization of smart cities.

The selected 25 Smart Cities startups from Japan and overseas for Batch 3 are:

 

The program is aimed at creating new innovations in nine areas (IoT, Fintech, Insurtech, Mobility, Brand & Retail, Health, Smart Cities, New Materials, Energy) by connecting Plug and Play Japan's corporate partners with domestic and overseas startup companies. Through this program, corporate partners will be able to match with domestic and overseas startups that can add value and accelerate their internal innovation. Also, startups have the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of major companies. At the end of the program, the "Summit" will be held to announce the results. In addition to being able to obtain the latest information on innovation that cannot be obtained in Japan alone, this program provides unique opportunities that transcend industry boundaries.

Plug and Play Japan provides accelerator programs to accelerate innovation by connecting Plug and Play Japan's corporate partners with Japanese and international startups. Through these programs, corporate partners are able to connect with participating startups with technologies and services that could accelerate their innovation activities. For startups, they have the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of major corporations.

EXPO (Demo Day) is the final step of the accelerator program where startups give pitches outlining their results from the program. It is a great opportunity to get the latest updates on innovative technologies, meet cutting-edge startups, and develop new business partnerships.

Plug and Play Japan was established in 2017 as a subsidiary of Plug and Play, which is a global innovation platform headquartered in Silicon Valley, whose major strength is to provide consortium-type programs with its extensive global network and support startups through Venture Capital Investment.

By working closely with 45+ official corporate partners, Plug and Play Japan supports Japanese and international startups to scale their businesses and to enhance collaboration with industry-leading corporations. 

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